Where to spend a wet summers day with Yorkshire Attractions!

With the British weather being somewhat temperamental, we’ve pulled together a guide for the best indoor attractions Yorkshire has to offer! Come rain or shine, you’re bound to have a great family day out.

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Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth

Steeped in history, Brontë Parsonage Museum offers a unique and evocative experience for people of all ages. Visitors are invited to explore the Haworth home of the inspirational Brontës, the world’s most famous literary family, to see how they lived and where they wrote their trail-blazing novels. On display is a unique collection of letters, clothing, furniture and personal possessions belonging to the Brontë family. There are opportunities to marvel at the incredible ‘little books’ and see the table – complete with candle burns and ink stains – where Jane Eyre was written.

New for 2018 are an exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of Emily Brontës birth with commissioned contributions from Maxine Peake, Lily Cole and Helen Oyeyemi.

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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax

Unlike like any other museum, Eureka! is both an educational and exciting experience for kids aged 0-11. With six different zones to explore, all entirely interactive – there is something for everyone to enjoy! Step inside a human body and learn how it all works or visit the spark gallery for an immersive insight into the digital world.

Whatever the weather, The BIG Summer Festival will go on… think alien slime to light-painting, learning about DNA and getting ship-shape with the Eureka! Pirates. Don’t be fooled, this festival is not limited to the little ones, grown-ups can try their hand at coding, animation and Minecraft too.

Harewood House, Leeds 

Though typically renowned for its exquisite 100 acres of gardens, Harewood House is a place of lifelong learning and contemporary art. Built in the 18th Century, the architecturally stunning House is bursting with exhibitions and collections. Venture back in time and discover life as a servant Below Stairs or see wonderful treasures in the lavish Georgian interiors. Dress up in servants’ clothes from the dressing up box, engage in informative talks about the latest collections or get practical and try your hand at pottery making and the art of tapestry.

With new, exciting exhibitions running throughout the year, there is always something new to discover.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park Playgrounds

JORVIK Viking Centre, York

From dig to discovery, the JORVIK Viking Centre invites you take a trip through Viking York all the way back to the year AD960. Absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the Viking era, whilst witnessing a real-life Viking demonstrating how coins were created, taking home one struck just for you!

For a truly authentic experience, journey through the reconstruction of the city with the newly revamped ride experience. Observe how inhabitants of 10th-century York lived and be fascinated by the collection of unique Viking artefacts.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Keighley

Explore the beautiful surroundings of the Worth Valley and experience the charm of travelling on a heritage steam train. Built in the 19th Century to serve the local mill trades, the Railway is over 4.5 miles long with six stations interweaved along the route. Steeped in history and character, the local area has ties with the woollen industry and of course, the Brontë’s literacy legacy. With so much to discover, Keighley Worth Valley Railway is a fun-filled day out that can be enjoyed by all the family.

With a whole host of special experiences running throughout the year, families can tuck into Haworth’s finest fish & chips or tantalise their sweet tooth with weekend cream teas. Learn about the history of the steam train, in a unique and stunning environment whilst travelling through the countryside.

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The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield 

Raining outside? Take refuge with Magna Science Adventure Centre! Home to over 100 hands-on exhibitions, Magna promises to be an immersive and truly fascinating experience. Discover the wonders of Science and Technology through the four pavilions of steelmaking – Air, Earth, Fire and Water!

Splash in water, operate real JCB’s, marvel at a tornado made of fire and even blast a rock face! A day at Magna Science Adventure Centre is certainly like no other. Catch the explosive Big Melt show, a fascinating show based around ‘E’ furnace – one of the original electric arc furnaces, unused since the days of Sheffield’s booming steel industry.

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

At the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, home of the national collection of arms and armour, you can discover the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages – from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. There are treasures on display from around the globe, including a life-size armoured elephant, as well as the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kings of England.

History is brought to life every day through live performances, combat demonstrations, gallery tours and object handling sessions. With a varied programme of weekend and holiday events for all ages the Royal Armouries Museum is the ideal place for an indoor family day out.

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The Deep, Hull

Visit Hull’s award-winning aquarium The Deep and take a journey through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future. With over 3,500 fish to discover a day at The Deep is not to be rushed. Enjoy a unique blend of aquaria mixed with interactive stations and informative experiences, including touch pool sessions and penguin feeding. Become one with the ocean and meet Europe’s only pair of Green sawfish, sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins.

You can also grab a drink and a spot of lunch in Castaways café during your visit with fantastic views over the River Humber and Old Town. Perfect for those wetter days.

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

National Coal Mining Museum offers an all-weather adventure! Head inside to the Hope Pit where you can try your hand at interactive displays and learn all about the big mining machines! Or alternatively, head below ground on a mesmerising mining tour and test your bravery when you reach the Furness shaft… will you peak over the edge or throw yourself into the experience being suspended above a 140m deep black hole?

The fun doesn’t stop there with lively talks given from the past miners themselves. These colourful characters share tales from their tunnel days and bring history to life in a vibrant and fascinating way. Who cares what the weather is outside, when all the fun comes from below ground.

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Thornton Hall Country Park Playgrounds

The Hepworth, Wakefield

Set in the heart of Yorkshire, The Hepworth Wakefield promises to be a fun trip for children and grown-ups alike! With striking architecture, enthralling exhibitions and family friendly events throughout the year; this award-winning gallery makes for the perfect day out – come rain or shine.

The fun doesn’t stop there, with a whole host of free and paid for activities running across the weekends and school holidays there is enough to keep everyone entertained. Create your own art at the Draw & Explore station, help to make giant sculptures, become an art detective with an explorer pack or take a trip to the family workshop and learn how to carve like Barbara Hepworth. With this much to do… you might have to return the following day.

The Emmerdale Studio Experience

Step into the drama at The Emmerdale Studio Experience and discover all the behind the scenes action that goes into creating the beloved soap that is Emmerdale. Journey back to the scenes that left you on the edge of your seat as you uncover how the how the characters you love and the stories you remember are brought to life. From full scale set reconstructions and costumers to the stunt and special effects; this is your chance to be exposed to the thrilling world of telly.

What’s more, with Emmerdale’s littlest fans going free – this is a totally unique family day out!

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Xscape Yorkshire, Castleford

With plenty of activities, shops and restaurants all under one roof, Xscape Yorkshire is the ultimate indoor family adventure! From skiing to aerial adventures, adventure golf to laser tag and rock climbing to tenpin bowling; Xscape is bursting with all your favourite pastimes.

With events and offers running throughout the year, Xscape Yorkshire guarantees non-stop fun for everyone.

York’s Chocolate Story

Tantalise your taste buds with a visit to York’s Chocolate Story. Discover the deliciously rich history of Chocolate and learn the delicate art of chocolate making – with the chance to taste the end results! Uncover the story of York’s famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations, taking a selection to try on the journey home.

As though that wasn’t sweet enough, York’s Chocolate Story run workshops and events throughout the year to bring the origin of chocolate the life in a fascinating and immersive way!

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Tropical World, Leeds

Discover your inner explorer and experience an unforgettable journey through rain forests, mangroves, desert and the nocturnal world. Say hello to the cheeky meerkats, slithering snakes, beautiful butterflies and many other animals that call Tropical World home.

Stay for a drink or bite to eat and enjoy stunning views of Canal Gardens no matter what the weather in our conservatory café.

Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

The average temperature of the Butterfly House is 26 degrees, with approximately 70% humidity – meaning it is technically ALWAYS summer at Tropical Butterfly House. Escape the blustery showers and experience a tropical paradise in the heart of South Yorkshire. Whether you love the lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes or the friends from the farm, there are tonnes of unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day to keep everyone happy. Meander through the indoor rain-forest; home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepy-crawlies from around the world before heading to the Butterfly Café for a selection of light bites, cakes and a range of drinks.

For even more fun, visit the activity centre whatever the weather and enjoy a game of Air Hockey, puzzles and crafts for tots, teens and in-betweens.

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